I have not been the safet trampliner over my life.
If you are like me, you have had one or two times jumping when you landed incorrectly and got a pain in your head or neck.
This may get you asking: is trampolining bad for your brain?
On the surface, no. Jumping on a trampoline will not hurt your brain. It is when people start to perform the more vigorous activities on the trampoline that they hurt their brain.
So if you follow the below safety tips, you can have a safe and fun time jumping on the trampoline. Read to the bottom to find out why jumping on the trampoline is actually good for your brain.
Trampolines are safe under normal use.
This includes limiting the number of people on the trampoline, installing pads and safety nets, and not letting kids under the age of 5 on the trampoline.
Your brain is protected by membranes and fluid and will not get injured if you follow proper safety while jumping.
What happens if you land on your head on the trampoline?
There are two types of injuries that can occur with your brain while jumping on the trampoline:
One of the most common injuries that occur during sports is concussions.
According to KidsHealth.org:
A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (or mild TBI). It happens when a blow to the head or an injury makes the head move back and forth with a lot of force. This causes chemical changes in the brain and, sometimes, damage to the brain cells.https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/concussions.html
According to ProtectTheBrain.org, 1.6-3.8 million concussions occur each year in the US in sports or recreational related injuries.
Also, brain injuries cause more deaths from sports than any other injury.
It is also the number one cause of death in children and young adults.
A concussion can happen when someone hits their head on any part of the trampoline while jumping.
This would include hitting their head on the frame or any of the springs, or hitting their head on another jumper.
So, it becomes important to pay attention when you suspect someone has gotten a concussion from jumping on a trampoline.
First, it is important to understand the signs of having a concussion.
Someone with a concussion with exhibit some of the following symptoms:
- blurred or double vision
- dizziness, balance problems, or trouble walking
- confusion and saying things that don’t make sense
- being slow to answer questions
- slurred speech
- nausea or vomiting
- not remembering what happened
- not feeling well
These signs also do not show right after the injury occurs.
If a concussion is suspected, the best thing that can be done is stay home, rest for up to 2 days without any strenuous activity (including no jumping on the trampoline), keep away from screens (TVs, tablets, phones, etc.), and get plenty of sleep.
After that, slowly progress to more and more activity over the next two weeks.
Head and Neck Injuries
Concussions are not to be treated lightly, but head and neck injuries are to be treated even more seriously.
There are many different ways someone could sustain a head or next injury on a trampoline.
These include, but are not limited to,:
- Hitting your head on the trampoline frame
- Flipping off the trampoline and hitting your head on something on the ground
- Flipping on the trampoline and landing on your head
- Flipping on the trampoline and landing awkwardly on your neck
- Running into someone else who is also on the trampoline
According to the Mayo Clinic, you should assume someone has hurt their head or neck on the trampoline if they exhibit any of the following:
- There’s evidence of a head injury with an ongoing change in the person’s level of consciousness
- The person complains of severe pain in his or her neck or back
- An injury has exerted substantial force on the back or head
- The person complains of weakness, numbness, or paralysis or lacks control of his or her limbs, bladder or bowels
- The neck or body is twisted or positioned oddly
If you think someone has hurt their head of neck, call 911 immediately.
Do not try to move the person.
If they did in fact hurt their neck, moving them could and probably would make the injury even worse.
Try to stabilize the person by placing pillows or towels around them to keep them from moving.
Also, if the person is on the trampoline, make sure no one else jumps on the trampoline until the injured person is moved.
If you need to roll the person on their side because of vomiting, make sure more than one person is helping so you can keep the head stable.
Keep the person calm until the ambulance arrives.
Health benefits for your brain while jumping on a trampoline
There are many health benefits to jumping on a trampoline.
Read another one of our articles to learn how jumping on a trampoline helps you lose weight here.
Jumping on the trampoline also improves your visual coordination.
While jumping, keep your eyes focused on a particular point and it will help improve your visual coordination.
Jumping up and down while moving side to side also helps to stimulate better brain activity.
TheBestBrainPossible also explains more ways trampolining can help your brain:
Rebounding is great for doing cross lateral movements, where in a person’s arms or legs cross over from one side of the body to the other like raising the elbow or hand to the opposite knee. Cross lateral movement forces the brain to send signals across the corpus callosum, a fiber bridge connecting the two hemispheres, improving communicate and connectivity. Cross lateral movement is good for any brain, helps children with reading and writing, and aids a rehabilitating brain.https://thebestbrainpossible.com/go-jump-2/
Trampolining is also good for your mental health.
Physical exercise stimulates anti-anxiety effects on the body thus decreasing the level of tension and stabilizing your mood.
Trampolining is a form of physical exercise that gets the blood pumping and also stimulates the anti-anxiety effects in your body.
Physical exercise also releases a stress hormone called cortisol, which again allows you to relax your body.
Endorphins are also released while trampolining, which is a mood enhancing hormone.
So while you jump, your body is giving you good feelings to go with the exercise you are receiving.
Lastly, another hormone that is released during trampolining is serotonin.
Serotonin is a hormone known for regulating the your mood and improving your feelings of well-being and happiness.
It also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion.
As you trampoline, your body releases all of these hormones into your body, improving your mood and other functions of your body.
Overall, trampolines are not bad for your brain if you are careful.
Someone could hurt their brain or spine while trampolining.
But if you jump carefully, there are far better benefits to jumping than there are dangers.
So be careful, and your body will thank you.